Lanarkshire charity announces new community garden project

A Rutherglen Green Fingers charity aims to help people of all ages grow their own produce.

And Grow 73 hopes to teach participants how to live more sustainably and support local biodiversity.

The new community garden will feature a direct path for residents and staff from the Rutherglen Residential and Nursing Care Home to Overtoun Park.

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Both Grow 73 and the Advina-owned nursing home are collaborating on the project.

A Grow 73 spokeswoman told Lanarkshire Live: “We approached the nursing home before COVID about the possibility of the garden if we get the land.

“At that time we had done some projects, so we already had a relationship with Advina and we had an agreement on an idea to try to put a door between the nursing home.”

“We just revived this relationship recently when we got the garden and we are looking into the development and we hope to have our first growing season this year.

“This continues our theme of intergenerational with the care home working with local schools and children in the garden.”

The nursing home is excited to be a part of the new project.

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House manager Mark Hague told us, “We are incredibly excited to be working with the community on this garden project and building a garden path for residents.

“The garden presents many opportunities for residents to grow produce, make new friends and be a part of the local community.

“The goal is to create a section of the garden where residents grow their own vegetables to use in our Hogar’s meals, which is good for them and good for the environment.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for everyone, and we can’t wait to get started.”

One of the current challenges for the care home is access to the park as it is a long way to get there so community access and garden space will be much easier for residents and staff to reach.

The home is also working with Cycling Without Age Scotland to raise funds for an electric pedal-powered Trishaw that is specially adapted to safely transport older passengers to and from the new community garden.

The Grow 73 spokesperson added: “We hope to develop it in three areas.

“For example, a secret garden, and one with biodiversity, another area is going to be converted into polytunnels to cultivate all year round with multipurpose ponds. We would also like a wooded area for the children.

“If we learned anything through COVID it was that outdoor space is crucial to sustaining social activities.”

The new community garden could also be used for weddings, concerts, or storytelling.

The garden will take a few years to be fully completed, but work on the development has already begun.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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